As the hot summer sun continues to shine, it seems lots of cats in Brighton have been going on their holidays, much to the concern of their worried owners.
We’ve had an incredible number of enquiries about missing cats in the last few months. Fortunately, the majority of the kitties have been found safe and sound but what if it were to happen again?
As a cat lover, no-one wants to go days without knowing where their best fluffy friend is, and it can be extremely concerning and difficult to find them. There are ways to prevent your puss going missing in the first place.
We addressed how to find your lost cat in this post, but here are some ways not to lose your cat, or find them easily if they do go missing.
Here are five ways to keep an eye on your feline friend.
1. Microchip your cat
Microchipping your cat is by far the best thing you can do to significantly boost your chances of finding him or her if they ever go on an adventure. Microchipping your cat is a quick process which involves inserting a microchip, around the size of a grain of rice, under your cat’s skin. The microchip has a unique 15-digit code which is registered on a national database with your details, including your name, address and emergency phone number.
The process is relatively inexpensive (around £10 to £40) and can avoid a lot of worry if your cat were to disappear. It means that if someone were to find your pet, they can take them to a vet who will scan the chip and contact you via the registered details.
But remember to update the details on the microchip if you move house!
2. Put a collar and tag on your cat
Keeping a collar with a tag engraved with your details will help anyone who finds your cat to find you. This makes it particularly straight-forward for the finder, who can contact you directly to return your mischievous bundle of fluff. The problem with a collar is that, a cat can easily lose it, especially if it is uncomfortable for them to wear. Microchipping avoids this.
3. Keep your cat indoors when you move house
Moving house can be a traumatising time for your cat and a time when lots of cats go missing because they become disorientated by their new surroundings. They are going to totally unfamiliar and strange territory, which can make them feel unsafe and vulnerable. The rule is to keep your cat inside for two weeks to allow them to settle into the new house and feel safer. It can be difficult to keep an outdoor cat inside, so only let them out early if you have to. More nervous cats may need to stay in the house for a longer period of time.
If you haven’t moved far from your old house, it may be worth warning the new occupants that your cat might turn up. If this does happen, you may need to keep puss indoors for a little longer and help them bond with the new house better by spreading items with their scent around.
4. Keep your pet in a secure carrier
Whenever you are transporting your pet, whether to the vet, when moving house or while at the airport, ensure that your carrier is sturdy enough to hold them and secure enough that they can’t open any loose latches or wiggle free from it.
Never transport your cat by simply carrying them in your arms, or letting them loose in your car. They can easily break free if scared and might even jump out of a window.
5. Meet the neighbours
Introduce your cat to your neighbours, that way if your cat goes missing or gets stuck in a neighbour’s shed your neighbour will recognise them and, hopefully, be able to bring them home. They will also be able to keep a good look out for your cat if it ever goes missing, as they know their markings.
For more information:
- Avoid losing your cat: Wikihow
- Microchipping your cat – Cats Protection
- Moving house – Blue Cross
- How to find your lost cat – CP Brighton blog
If you have lost your cat or found a wandering kitty you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.